Hailsham

TWINNING AGM: The twinning association hopes you will come along to their eat, meet and greet new members and AGM this evening, Friday, at 7.30pm. It is in the Charles Hunt Centre (Waitrose car park) and there will be Christmas nibbles and a chance to find out more about the association. You do not need to be able to speak French and neither do you have to host visits to be a part of the organisation. You just have to like meeting new people in England and in France.

STREET MARKET: Enjoy the street market tomorrow, Saturday, with its vibrant atmosphere and every Saturday in the town centre. This week and for the next three weeks, Pete Ransom will be there with his popular wooden toys. Come and buy fresh fruit and veg, home-made pastries, fabulous crafts and jewellery, plants, pet items, stylish accessories under the colourful twinkly Christmas lights and festive town atmosphere. Shop local, there is plenty of free parking nearby.

CHIDDINGLY MARKET: This is tomorrow, Saturday, in Chiddingly Village Hall (by the church) between 10am and noon. There will be a festive flavour and jewellery, woodwork, greetings cards, knits and plants as well as pies cakes meat, preserves, plants and lots more.

MODEL RAILWAY SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, in the Civic Community Hall in Vicarage Lane, between 10am and 4.30pm there will be exhibits of high quality, trade support and refreshments. Proceeds from this great annual show are supporting the Hailsham Healthy Living Club.

KNIT AND NATTER: Bring your project along on Saturday and natter while you work on it with others at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field between 10am and 2pm.

WHITEHOUSE CHRISTMAS FAIR: This is at Whitehouse Academy, Marshfoot Lane from 11am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: This is tomorrow, Saturday, at Woodside Hall, on the (A22 southbound) Polegate Road from 2pm.

POP-UP SHOP: Wilmington Art Group will have art works and cards for sale from Monday until Saturday from 10am to 4pm daily in the Pop-up shop in Hailsham High Street.

MAKE AND TAKE: Christmas decorations are the theme for adults to come along and create something festive on Monday between 11am and 1pm at the new James West Community Centre, Brunel Drive. For more information contact Fee on 01424 423683 Ext. 22. The event is free and you do not need to book.

BUSINESS FIRE SAFETY: There is a workshop on Fire safety for businesses on Tuesday. This is Free at between 10am and 1pm at Hailsham Fire station, Victoria Road. Please book and make enquiries at email saferbusiness@esfrs.org.

COMEDY NIGHT: This is on Tuesday at the Inn on The Park, Deanland Wood Park, Golden Cross. Hosting the very best in comedy with Jim Grant. 6pm for 8.30pm. Tickets from https://onlineticketseller.com.

HAILSHAM LIONS: New members welcome at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, at the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field. Start 7.30pm. Phone 0845 833 9828 (local rate) for more information.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: All in the Best Possible Taste is the title of a talk on Wednesday at 7.30pm by Alan Wenham to the historical society. Members and visitors welcome, visitors £2.50. 7.30pm, Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Field.

HAILSHAM VOICES: This is a community pop choir which meets weekly on Thursdays between 7pm and 8pm at the new James West Community Centre, Brunel Drive. New members welcome. Enquiries to 07976 643381.

BLOOD DONING: Blood donors welcome on Friday at the Wealden Civic Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, (next to Freedom Leisure Centre). Please book your session between 1.30pm and 4pm or 5pm and 7.30pm on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. New donors welcome to drop by for more information. You will not be able to donate on your first visit.

SINGALONG: Come along on Friday to the Charles Hunt Centre, Vicarage Road between 1.30pm and 2.45pm with the DSES. All welcome.

DICKER CABARET: Oh! What A Lovely Dicker Cabaret next Friday and Saturday at Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, 7.45pm. There will be sketches, comedy routines and songs. Over 18s. Tickets £12 from the box office on T: 841414. £2 to Royal British Legion.

FARMERS CAROL SERVICE: The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Farming Community Network are holding a Christmas Carol Evening followed by refreshments on Friday December 7 at 7.30pm in the auction ring on the Hailsham (Farmers) Market site, Market Street. Tickets (limited) are £6, available from Hailsham Parish Church, Mark Betson 01403 891367, Sally Field 01903 882741 or Colin at the Market Cafe or South East Marts. All welcome. Please dress warmly. Refreshments will be available.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: On Saturday December 8 Hailsham Farmers Market will not only be celebrating Christmas but also, importantly, 20 years of trading. It is open between 9am and 12.30pm at the Cattle Market Site, Market Street. You are invited to go along and help them celebrate. There will be lots to buy, see and do. Local MP, Nus Ghani, will be along to cut the anniversary cake, there will be roasted chestnuts and spiced apple juice to savour while you walk around the stalls to lovely singing from the choir of St Mary’s Hailsham Parish Church. A little history about Hailsham Farmers Market and why they are celebrating. The introduction of Farmers Markets was that Farmers and producers sell their products direct to the public, that they have quality, traceable produce, are available to answer questions and are cutting down food miles. When it first started, the idea of a Farmers Market was a relatively new concept, and Hailsham Farmers Market was one of the first Farmers Markets. It came about as a result of the threat to the cattle market site being sold for development in Hailsham. They are proud to have weathered the fluctuations in the economy and are looking forward to 2019 with renewed vision. They would love to see you. Please go along and support your local farmers and enjoy local, traceable produce and crafts.

WEALDEN BRASS CONCERT: This very popular annual festive concert is on Sunday December 9 in the Civic Community Hall (next to Freedom Leisure Centre) from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets on the door are £7, U16s £4, Family two adults and two or more children £18 (not £17 as previously printed). This is a fundraising event for the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA).

FAVOURITE CAROLS: Hailsham Choral perform Favourite Carols Through the Ages on Saturday December 15 in Hailsham Parish Church, Vicarage Road. The conductor is Barbara Edwards and accompanist, Colin Hughes. Tickets are £12 and Un18s £6 available from the Camera Centre in Hailsham High Street, wegottickets.com and on the door. For more information visit hailshamchoral.org.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: This takes place in the town centre on Saturday December 15 from 9am to 4pm. There will be fine food, Christmas gifts, candles, confectionary, various festive refreshments including mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and hog roast. There will also be live music in Vicarage Field by The Sussex Stompers, Christchurch Hailsham (carol singing), and a free concert of carols and Christmas music by Wealden Brass in Hailsham Parish Church from 2.30pm. There will also be festive refreshments served at the church. Santa (invited by Hailsham Rotary Club) will be handing out free sweets to children, and Hailsham FM will be playing popular Christmas tunes throughout the event. Something for everyone.

PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB: Paul Mitchell, FRPS, who was the lecturer this week, is a graphic designer who runs his own design consultancy business in Buckinghamshire. A member of the prestigious Arena group and a founder member of The Landscape Collective, Paul is also a well-respected photographic judge. His interest in photography, mainly landscapes, began at an early age and he loves the use of ‘negative space’ and members were shown some beautiful examples of this. The Lake District is a favourite place of his and there were some amazing colours in the rocks and slates he photographed there - his interest in geology showing through. Members were treated to a range of subjects and being a graphic designer, they saw shapes and bold colours in much of his work. Before taking a photograph, Paul pre-visualises what he will do with the image therefore cutting down on editing work but uses Lightroom for minor adjustments. Chairman, Colin Monk, thanked Paul for his thoroughly interesting evening and for showing some of his beautiful work.

WEALDEN STREET SCENE: Wealden District Council has a Street Scene Team of three officers who often work closely with the Parish and Town Councils to resolve issues such as fly tipping, abandoned vehicles, littering and dog fouling. They investigate fly tipping incidents both on public and private land including the fly tipping of non-recyclable waste at the Neighbourhood Recycling Centres around the District. They are unable to arrange for the clearance of fly tips from private land. It is important that any fly tip is not disturbed prior to the team visiting as crucial evidence may be destroyed. If evidence is found within the rubbish by the team, action is taken where appropriate. This can range from a warning letter to full scale court prosecution. The team is also able to assist with abandoned vehicles. These are vehicles that are untaxed and either unsecure in poor condition or unroadworthy. However, in the first instance these should be reported to Operation Crackdown at www.operationcrackdown.org. Street Scene Officers have no powers to deal with parking issues or obstruction issues involving vehicles. The latter should be reported to the police using the non-emergency number 101. The Street Scene Team will investigate both littering and dog fouling issues. Where the appropriate evidence is available, such as witness statements, they will take further action in the form of issuing warning letters or fixed penalty notices as appropriate. Dog patrols can also be set up in problem areas, subject to resources, to help catch and deter offenders. It is important for all these issues to be reported to the Street Scene Team as soon as possible to allow them to investigate. To contact the team please email street.scene@ wealden.gov.uk or call 01892 602735.